Shave of the day 15th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Lavender Soap
Lather: Mike’s Natural Soap, Hungarian Lavender
Brush: Vie-Long #14033 mixed horse-badger
Razor: Merkur 39C slant bar with a Personna Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, BullDog Oil Control Moisturiser
Beard care: BullDog Original Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Musical accompaniment

Some people like to shave in silence, some like letting the tap run, some likes putting on some music to complement the shave. Myself, I belong in the later camp – anything from classic via pop, rock and dance to heavy metal. My play list can be surreal at times…

There is a whole thread devoted to the issue on my favourite shave forum, but it don’t really address HOW to play it. Until recently I have just used my phone (a waterproof and shock resistant Android), but I’ve never been really happy with the tinny sound it makes. So when I found this on sale at a local gadget store I knew I just had to have it:

A screaming pink waterproof Bluetooth speaker. I can leave my phone in the charger and still get to enjoy the musical accompaniment.

Shave of the day 11th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap
Lather: Mike’s Natural Soap, Peppermint & Rosemary
Brush: Vie-Long #13051M unbleached pure horse
Razor: Merkur 39C slant bar with a fresh Personna Platinum
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Myrsol Agua Balsamico
Beard care: BullDog Original Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Shave of the day 8th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Tea Tree Soap
Lather: Prairie Creations KISS cream w/ tea tree oil
Brush: Turkish No7 ‘horse hair’
Razor: German Bakelite Slant with a Lord Classic
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Myrsol After Shave Formula K
Beard care: BullDog Original Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb

Vintage Scandinavian razorblades

Updated 7th September 2017

Just a few pictures I found online:

Observations:
  • All wrappers are marked in Danish , or possible Norwegian.
  • The orange wrapper is 50% more expensive than the blue, possible because it’s guarantied Swedish steel and have a hollow ground. Chef is the Danish (and old Norwegian) way to spell Chief, as in department head or leader.
  • The blue and green wrappers held blades of “control grounded electro-steel”.
  • The green wrapper is marked as a new model with a slot.
Late 30’s I would think, based on the spelling and graphical design… not the early 40’s, considering the War. Possible late 40’s if they are Danish… written Danish and Norwegian are fairly close, and was closer back in the day. Å became an official letter in Norwegian in 1917 (replacing AA in most instances), but not before 1948 in Denmark… so that would indicate a Danish blade. But nothing is ever easy when it comes to Norwegian orthography; the use of AA continued in ‘Riksmål’…
I think it’s possible that the air-plane is supposed to evoke a DC-6 (in production from 1946) or a DC-4 (in production from 1942) – both were in use as passenger aircraft in Scandinavia after the war – which would place these blade wrappers in the time period between 46 and 48.

Myatt Minor razor

I found a picture online of a razor I’ve not heard about before.

From what I can tell Myatt was/is a British company based in Birmingham, who patented their first safety razor in 1929. The Minor allegedly was manufactured in 1930, and uses diamond shaped studs to locate the blade.
What I find interesting is that the Myatt Minor is a composite razor – the top cap and handle is made from steel according to the sources I found online, but the base plate is bakelite.

Shave of the day 4th September

Pre-shave: Dr Bronners Lavender Soap
Lather: Dr Selby Lavender Luxury Shaving Crea
Brush: Vie-Long #12705B natural white pure horse
Razor: German Bakelite Slant with a fresh Lord Classic
Post-shave: Cool water rinse, alum, Krampert’s Finest Bay Rum Aftershave
Beard care: Scotch Porter Beard Balm, and Big Red No7 Beard Comb